It’s not unusual. How often do guys get together to talk about legs over a beer? We know we don’t. But don’t let the look of the other half of our site fool you – approximately 45 percent of men suffer from vein disease. If your legs ache, it could be a bigger problem than simply overdoing it at last week’s softball game. And even if your legs aren’t in pain, if you’re seeing weird vein patterns, chances are there could be something wrong. Get off the sidelines and get treatment at Vein Clinics of America. Who doesn’t want their legs to look and feel years younger?
If you’re experiencing discomfort, there are a few things you can do to reduce the pain until your consultation with us. Even if your legs are in great shape, these are things to help improve blood flow and help keep them that way.
- MOVE ‘EM
Biking, walking, jogging, and stretching help to strengthen leg muscles and improve blood circulation throughout your legs and the rest of your body. Find a golf buddy and play a round of 18.
- MIX IT UP
Standing or sitting for long periods of time isn’t good for your veins, so mix up your posture to give yourself a break every 30 minutes. If you know you’re going to stand or sit for an extended period of time, try performing quick calf raises several times an hour. Again, any kind of stretching is going to help improve your circulation and reduce any aches or pains.
- HEAT ‘EM UP OR COOL ‘EM DOWN
Apply hot and/or cold packs to sore muscles to ease discomfort and improve circulation. Heat helps everything expand and loosen up. Cold helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
- TAKE A LOAD OFF
Keep your legs elevated when you sit or lie down. When your legs are raised to at least the level of your heart, the veins in your legs have an easier time moving blood throughout your body. Next time you’re watching the game or setting up your fantasy football lineup, kick off your shoes and put your feet up.
But if you have vein disease, you’re going to have to do something!
Varicose and spider veins get worse with time. Have your veins treated when you first spot them to avoid more extensive treatment later. If you or someone you know has symptoms related to varicose veins, including pain, aching, fatigue, itching, burning, tingling, swelling, cramping, restlessness, and throbbing, get evaluated by a physician.